Denisa HamarováGuest of the Opera
Denisa Hamarová studied voice at the Conservatory and subsequently at the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava (with Ľuba Baricová). Furthermore, she attended master classes in Piešťany (with K. Meier and S. Kopčák) and Siena (with C. Bergonzi and R. Kabaivanska). She attained success at the Belvedere Voice Competition in Vienna, where she received an award from the Wiener Kammeroper. While still a student, she began collaborating with the Chamber Opera in Bratislava, the Opera of the State Theatre in Košice, where she rendered Verdi’s Maddalena (Rigoletto), and the Opera of the Theatre in Plzeň, where she sang Bellini’s Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi). In 2001 she became a soloist of the Slovak National Theatre Opera, for which she has enacted a host of roles, including Verdi’s Fenena (Nabucco) and Amneris (Aida), Mozart’s Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Rossini’s Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, Bartók’s Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Strauss’s Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Mussorgsky’s Marina (Boris Godunov), etc. In 2002 she made her debut at the State Opera Prague in the role of Gertrude (Thomas: Hamlet). For her portrayal on this stage of Musetta in Leoncavallo’s La bohème she was nominated for the opera Thalia Award. Moreover, she has also collaborated with the National Theatre Prague, where she rendered Omar in John Adams’s minimalist opera The Death of Klinghoffer, Verdi’s Amneris and the Witch andForeign princess in Dvořák’s Rusalka. Other guest performances include the roles of Mešjanovka (Foerster: Eva) at the Wexford Opera Festival, Hänsel (Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel) during a tour of Japan and the title role of Händel’s Xerxes, which she sang in Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Furthermore, she portrayed the role of Patricia in a stage version of Remarque’s novel Three Comrades in a production of Divadlo Aréna in Bratislava. She has also performed at concerts.